WinRAR archive has a password on it
Posted 07 June 2008 - 02:38 AM
Posted 07 June 2008 - 02:35 PM
Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:58 PM
Might want to rephrase that.
I have a pirated copy of a program called "Passware" (I think), it has a bruteforcer that works for WinRAR. But BF attacks are kind of slow.
Regardless, Passware is a company that offers a number of utils including RAR Key or Passware Enterprise Kit that includes RAR Key as one of its components.
RAR Key can use Passwares patented/proprietary Xieve optimization algorithm to greatly speed up the brute-force of low-character length passwords.
Elcomsoft ARPR however will let you speed up the decryption if you know the first few bytes of an encrypted file (all windows 32bit exes start with MZ for example), but may choke on multi-part archives.
Either way, if the password is of any length you are generally screwed without massive computing power at your disposal or some inside knowledge as unlike the original zip archives you will not exhaust the key-space easily.
You are best off trying to find the password from where you acquired the file originally or building a list of possible strings to try in different variations and modifications (similar to services used by the feds, where they build a dictionary from all plain-text strings they can recover from a computer when they are looking to decrypt files on that computer).
If you do have a lot of computing power at your disposal, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery is also fun to play around with and supports among other things RAR archives. That or submit your file to one of the commercial cracking websites that will attempt to break the file for a fee.
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